Tag: HR Function

What is on HR’s Mind?

It’s almost 2013, and the first trend papers have been published. 2012 was a busy year for HR, with many developments in the HRTech space. It all started early this year with SAP’s acquisition of Successfactors. Then Oracle bought Taleo and IBM Kenexa. So for the first time in many years HR was labeled as “hot and happening” instead of…

HR Evolution or Revolution?

Imagine, if you will, your company without an HR function. Now suppose you’re asked to set up HR: What would you do? Would you create something similar or radically different? Would you create it at all? We’ve arrived at a turning point in history where new technology is profoundly changing people’s way of life as well as methods of manufacturing,…

Let’s Talk HR Business Partners

Lately I have been talking to a lot of HR VP’s and many of them struggle with the same issue – how to bring more credibility to the HR Business Partner role. Dave Ulrich introduced us to an HR organization consisting of Shared Service Centers, Centers of Expertise and Business Partners. Shared Service Centers deal with the administrative and transactional…

HR’s Identity Crisis

Do you know what an identity crisis is? In psychology, it’s a failure to achieve ego during adolescence. Those who emerge from this stage with a strong sense of identity are well equipped to face adulthood with confidence and certainty. Those who fail to achieve a cohesive identity – who experience an identity crisis – will exhibit a confusion of…

The HR Delivery Dilemma

Ever heard of the HR Delivery Dilemma? It’s when you have seen so many 3- and 4-letter abbreviations that you don’t know what to do any more: SAAS, PAAS, BPO, SSC, the list goes on and on. Fortunately, it’s not all black and white, and you don’t have to look at this from an either/or point of view. The good thing…

2008: What’s in store for HR?

HR has come a long way in the last 10 years. Coming from a traditional administrative role, HR has worked hard to revitalize its services, aiming to better fulfill its strategic and tactical role. Administrative services have been optimized and made as (cost-)efficient as possible. Now that most organizations have achieved this minimum standard, the focus can be turned towards…

Shared Services

Shared services operate within organizations by providing services to internal clients. They operate on business principles and provide internal services at a cost and quality that is acceptable to its clients, when assessed against alternatives. They are referred to as shared services, because their activities are shared by units across entire organizations, instead of duplicating similar services within in each…

Trends 2002: Align HR with Corporate Strategy

Over the past years, we observed a rising trend among customers to carry out benchmark studies before undertaking projects in the field of Human Resources. These benchmarks give companies qualitative and quantitative insight on the role and activities of HR. One key finding is that all companies want Human Resources to play a more pro-active, strategic role and spend less…